50 Reasons to Attend Our 50th Mount Holyoke College Reunion
Because you can . . .
1. Enjoy your first Mount Holyoke reunion
2. Continue your own tradition of always coming to reunion
3. Celebrate our 50th, even if you haven’t been to every one
4. Be energized and inspired by extraordinary and intelligent women
5. See old friends
6. Meet new friends—the classmates you didn’t even know in college
7. Look for like-minded travel companions
8. Share advice and stories about moving into the next stage of our lives
9. Remember classmates who are no longer with us
10. Talk about significant issues of the day
11. Find support from friends for challenging life transitions
12. Meet the brave spouses and partners who have embraced MHC
13. Say yes to a personal invitation from a classmate who is helping with reunion efforts
14. Make a confidential request for financial assistance to cover reunion expenses
15. Talk with President Sonya Stephens at the reception just for us at the President’s House
16. Enjoy the great dining options in the Dining Commons in “Super Blanch”—the new Community Center
17. See the shimmering Dale Chihuly sculpture in the Library atrium
18. Take a walk around Upper Lake—a living laboratory for the MHC Restoration Ecology Program’s Project Stream
19. Indulge in the official MHC ice cream flavor—M&C’s
20. Acquire that Mount Holyoke t-shirt or mug you’ve been craving.
21. Experience the Art Museum’s collection and latest exhibition
22. Explore new and renewed campus buildings, and learn about MHC’s Environmentally Responsible Building program.
23. Visit MHC’s cultural gathering spaces—Betty Shabazz Cultural Center (the oldest, founded in 1968), Jeannette Marks Cultural Center, Zowie Banteah Center, Asian Center for Empowerment, and Eliana Ortega Center
24. Gaze at evening skies from Williston Observatory (the oldest academic building on
campus, by the way)
25. Marvel at the towering copper beech tree, still standing next to Dwight
26. Take in the beauty of the campus from an Adirondack chair on Skinner Green
27. Hear the familiar sound of the Westminster chimes in the Mary Lyon Hall clock tower
28. Discover how ideas are becoming reality in the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab
29. Take a tour of the President’s House
30. Canoe on Upper Lake again
31. Visit your library carrel
32. Get over the fact that you didn’t do well in organic chemistry
33. Go uptown to the Odyssey Bookshop—also home of the Campus Store
34. Find our class tree
35. Relax with tai chi every morning
36. Play a round of golf at The Orchards
37. Take a guided tour of the Talcott Greenhouse (and buy a plant on Sunday)
38. Talk with our Connections class of 2020 about their MHC experience
39. Meet our class artists and authors
40. Attend Back-to-Class sessions taught by MHC faculty members
41. Identify with reunion parade signs that tell our “uncommon women” story
42. Line the path to the laurel chain draped on Mary Lyon’s grave, sing “Bread and Roses,” and send graduates off to take on the world
43. Welcome our Connections class of 2020 to the Alumnae Association with blue lion scarves in a scarfing ceremony
44. Sing the Alma Mater at the Alumnae Association annual meeting—but which version?
45. Experience a Japanese tea ceremony at the traditional teahouse in Eliot House.
46. Attend department at-homes on Saturday afternoon
47. Sing with other alumnae in the Commencement Concert—or listen from the audience.
48. Hear our featured speaker on Thursday night—Jon Western, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
49. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event
50. Know that there’s no reunion without you!
Still Uncommon After All These Years!
Thursday, May 14–Sunday, May 17, 2020
Search for Mount Holyoke Class of 70 on your Facebook search line and submit your name (as it appears on your personal Facebook page) for membership in the column to the right side of the current posts. You will be accepted and then you’ll be able to invite other Class of 70 friends to join. It is a great way for us Uncommon Women to keep in touch and to keep abreast of 50th Reunion plans. Your class Reunion Committee needs current e mail addresses in order to keep you in the loop. If you have recently changed your e mail or are not getting the quarterly class E–Blasts, please send your e mail address to Jill Vollmer Blackwood at email@example.com
The online version of the 45th Reunion Book is now available. Go to the Reunion Book tab….lots of interesting reading…..
Click on the Reunion Photos tab to see pictures taken during the weekend, and the 45th Reunion tab to read the notes from our reunion scribe.